Tutorial: Restick Cutting Mats

My Silhouette Cameo is a complete life saver and I use it for nearly everything. Using it so often means by cutting mats quickly lose stickiness. At €15 a go, they aren’t cheap to replace either and they’re hard to come by in Ireland. As such I’ve started resticking my mats myself and thought I’d share my technique with the rest of you!

Before you restick your mats, I have heard that doing this will void your Silhouette warranty so think twice if your machine is still covered by warranty.

You can see below that before cleaning there were bits of paper and vinyl stuck to the mat and afterwards it’s nice and shiny!

Mat

Supplies

  • Something to remove the stickiness from the mat. A lot of blogs recommend GooGone but this isn’t available in Ireland so I used Sticky Stuff Remover.
  • A butter knife.
  • A scrubbing brush and nail brush.
  • Washing up liquid
  • Masking tape.
  • Repositionable Spray. I use 3M’s Repositionable Spray.

Instructions

  • Spray your sticky stuff remover over the entire mat. Let it sit for 5 to 7 minutes.
  • Put your mat down on a flat surface that can get wet. I put mine on a chopping board on top of the draining board.
  • Using the edge of a butter knife, scrape away any excess glue from one end of the map to the other. You’ll see a difference immediately:

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Here’s all the glue and other dirt that came off that mat:

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  • Once you’re scrapped off any glue, use a wet scrubbing brush and washing up liquid to scrub the mat. I suggest scrubbing in straight lines to stop glue getting stuck on other areas of the mat.
  • Rinse the mat in clean water and check for any remaining glue spots – they’ll appear white or cloudy. Scrub these spots with more washing up liquid I use a nail brush at this point because it tends to be a smaller area.
  • Pat off the mat with a clean towel and leave it to dry.
  • Once dry, cover the edges of the mat in masking tape like in the picture below, This keeps the edges clean and won’t gunk up your Silhouette:

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  • In a well ventilated room, spray a couple of layers of the repositionable spray over the mat. I usually spray enough until the mat looks off white or cloudy. I wouldn’t recommend doing this in your house if at all possible.
  • Put the mat to one side and leave it for 30 minutes to dry. Try and leave it somewhere where it won’t get dusty.
  • After 30 minutes check the stickiness of the mat. You’ll know from using the mats before whether it’s sticky enough. If it’s not sticky enough, spray some more glue over the mat. If it’s too sticky, pat the mat with a clean tshirt as you would with a new Silhouette.
  • Once you’re happy with the stickiness, cover the mat with the protective layer and use it as normal!

Hopefully this will help your mats last a bit longer and save you a bit of money too!